APEX: Caged Inferno — January 13th in Gatineau


Budweiser presents APEX: CAGED INFERNO, the debut of cage fighting in thenational capital region. For the first time in APEX history all mixedmartial arts bouts will take place in a chain linked, six sided steel cage. This event takes place on Saturday January 13th, 2006 at the Robert GuertinArena in Gatineau, Quebec.

Fans at the Robert Guertin Arena we will be part of a nostalgic evening asthey will not only be privy to this inaugural moment in Canadian MMAhistory, but they will witness to the return of a Canadian MMA icon.

Saturday January 13th, 2007 marks the return of the ‘Pimp’, Sean ‘PimpDaddy’ Pierson (4-3), as he takes on APEX Canadian Middleweight ChampionFritz ‘The Animal’ Paul (8-3). There is no love lost between these twofighters, as both are brash, both are cocky and both do not think to highlyof each other. ‘Pimp Daddy’ holds a first round submission victory overPaul’s trainer, Ali Nestor, so at APEX: Caged Inferno ‘The Animal’ will belooking for redemption. Paul was extremely impressive at APEX: A Night ofChampions where he won a close 3-round decision against popular home townfavourite, Nabil “The Thrill” Khatib.

Khatib (5-1) has also been added to the APEX: Caged Inferno card as he looksto return to his winning ways against Edmonton’s Daryl ‘The Storm’ Bonar.Bonar, a member of the Canadian military brings a record of 3-1 to the cageand is looking to position himself amongst the top tier of APEX Canadianmiddleweights. The winner of this bout will take on the winner of thePaul/Pierson bout for a shot at APEX Canadian Middleweight ChampionshipGold.

In a battle for the vacant APEX Canadian Lightweight Title, undefeated APEXveteran Shaun ‘The Phenom’ Krysa (4-0) takes on the experienced Thierry ‘TheSurgeon’ Quenneville (9-5) who is coming off a tough 3-round decisionagainst Greg Compton. Fireworks are bound to explode in this bout as bothfighters are not known to back down from an all out war.

The debut of the cage is not the only ‘first’ at APEX: Caged Inferno. Forthe first time in the organization’s history, there will be a woman’s fightin the National Capital Region. Not since the days of MMA events on Indianreserves has there been a woman’s fight in Quebec. On this night, Kingston’sRebecca Sweeney (2-0) brings her undefeated record to face the extremelytough and talented Jessica Aguilar (2-1) representing the much heraldedAmerican Top Team. This bout will be for the APEX Women’s World LightweightTitle.

Fans of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will be happy to hear that making his NorthAmerican debut at APEX: Caged Inferno will be one of the worlds topBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu practictioners in Leo Santos (1-2). Santos’ MMA debutwas against Pride champion Takanori Gomi, where he took him to a closedecision on only two weeks notice. Santos’ record in BJJ is legendary and heis proud to join the APEX stable of fighters, where his brother WagnneyFabiano has been featured as a main event fighter.

Also competing on the card will be Mike ‘Hurricane’ Hong, Bryan Edge, Dan‘Bighouse’ Grandmaison, Jacob ‘Hot Sauce’ Macdonald, former CanadianOlympian Ainsley Robinson, Cedric Grenon, Ronin MMA’s Wade Shanley and RoryMcDonell. Look for more information on the fighters competing in the otherbouts shortly. Also, look for an additional top level bout to be added inthe very near future.

Unfortunately due to a medical suspension incurred in his most recent UFCbout, Jeff ‘The Inferno’ Joslin is unable to compete at APEX: Caged Inferno.Joslin will still be attending the event on January 13th to support his teammates on the card and to meet all his loyal fans.

Tickets for APEX: Caged Inferno are available through all Ticketmaster outlets at www.ticketmaster.ca or by calling (613) 755-1111. Don’t miss this spectacular event where you are guaranteed to see some epic battles in the APEX cage, brought to you by the region’s top MMA event: APEX CHAMPIONSHIPFIGHTING.

APEX: Caged Inferno could not be possible without the support of our partners, Hardcore Championship Fighting, Budweiser, Ottawa Sun, Team 1200,Hayabusa Fightwear, Team Bushido Martial Arts, Ronin MMA, Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts, 100% Martial Arts, Brauti-Thorning LLP, The Score TelevisionNetwork, Bell Express Vu, Viewers Choice, Cineplex Odeon Theatres, Liam McGuire’s and Showdown Entertainment.

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